Susan Wilczyrski is fifty-six years old who has been fighting liver and kidney disease for many years. She suffered for seventeen years with liver disease before receiving a liver transplant in May, 2014. The transplant caused her kidneys to fail and three days later, she went on dialysis. On Sept 29, 2015, Sue’s brother David gave her his right kidney. While Sue is so grateful to have gotten her transplants, the anti-rejection medications are very expensive and are adding up to a challenge that Sue and her husband Frank can’t handle alone.
Transplants are life-saving but financially draining. Even with insurance there are out-of-pocket transplant related expenses the most significant of which is the lifelong anti-rejection medications that Sue will have to take for the rest of her life. These can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.